Minutes of the 369th meeting held at 10.00 in Stokesley Town Hall on Tuesday 16th October 2018:
Speaker Keith Burton: ‘Lest We Forget’ Keith Burton, the Club’s Speakerfinder since 2017, read history for his first degree and later studied at Durham University and gained an MA. He taught history in Middlesbrough. He is a member of the Stokesley Society, the Stokesley Heritage Society and Stokesley U3A.
He gave a very interesting if sombre talk remembering the roles of local people in World War 1. Keith started by acknowledging the contribution to the research made by his wife Val. He said that the talk was truly a joint effort. He said that on the 4th September 1914, many Stokesley men were training with the 4th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment. They were suddenly recalled and ordered to report to Northallerton the following day. They were given a list of items to take with them, the maximum weight of which was 12lb. The Battalion was a Home Defence Corps, but this role was quickly abandoned because of emergency recruitment ordered on the outbreak of war. The British Expeditionary Force had been sent to the continent in August 1914. They held the Germans up at Mons, but before the end of the month the Allies were in retreat. The Bull and Dog became the Stokesley recruitment office and volunteers flooded in following Kitchener’s poster campaign -